ICME 5 – Venice, 2014

Deciphering Microbial Diversity and function in the environment through NGS

The 5th International Course in Microbial Ecology (ICME 5),  entitled “Deciphering microbial diversity and function in the environment through Next Generation Sequencing” took place from 6 to 10 October at the CNR-ISMAR Institute of Marine Science in the historical center of Venice, Italy.

ICME5 in Venice, 2014
ICME 5 in Venice, 2014

The course focused on the use of next generation sequencing datasets for the study of microbial communities, under the guide of experienced international researchers. In particular, the training focused on the analysis of the structure and function of environmental microbial communities by using molecular tools. The techniques covered include sample collection and processing, DNA extraction, PCR of ribosomal genes, quantification/analysis of environmental DNA, amplicon (marker gene) data generation and analysis using different tools (QIIME, Mothur) and metagenomics. 40 participants coming from all over the world attended the 5 intense training days.

Organizers and Instructors

  • Gian Marco Luna  CNR-ISMAR, Venice, Italy
  • Ramon Rossello-Mora  IMEDEA, Med. Institute for Advanced Studies, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Federico Lauro  BABS University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia  & SCELSE, Nanyang Tecnological University, Singapore 
  • Ester Eckert CNR-ISE, Verbania, Italy
  • Grazia Quero  CNR-ISMAR, Venice, Italy
  • Stefano Amalfitano  CNR-IRSA, Rome, Italy 
  • Manuela Coci MICROB&CO, Catania, Italy
  • Gianluca Corno  CNR-ISE, Verbania, Italy
ICME 5 group
ICME 5 group